Manchester super-fight: Crolla open to Flanagan unification

Newly crowned WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla says he’d definitely be up for a two-belt battle with fellow Mancunian and WBO title holder Terry Flanagan in 2016.

Just moments after sealing a first world title win via a crushing body shot against Darleys Perez, Crolla was asked by Sky Sports’ Ed Robinson whether a fight with Flanagan would interest him in the New Year, to which he replied: “Yes, certainly. Listen, me and Terry have got a lot of respect for each other and I’ve got massive respect for his team. If politics can be put aside then it’s a great night for Manchester.

“I wouldn’t have a problem with it and I’m sure he wouldn’t, but it’s down to the man with a plan, Eddie Hearn. Whoever he tells me to fight I’ll fight – honestly.”

Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn added: “Next year, you’re going to see Anthony Crolla in some mega-fights that will change his life forever,” whilst trainer Gallagher stated that a summer fight at Manchester United’s Old Trafford ground was also a possibility in 2016.

Crolla, 29, has countless options at 135 as a third fight with Derry Mathews or clashes with stablemates Luke Campbell and Kevin Mitchell remain possibilities, whilst a unification with WBC king Jorge Linares could also be a consideration for Hearn.

Due to the fact that Flanagan and Mathews are both looked after by Hearn’s rival Frank Warren those bouts seem to be more unlikely of those on the table, although Crolla won’t be short of suitors once the euphoria from the weekend’s triumph dies down.